The AVP returned to SoCal with all the biggest names in the same place at the same time. Huntington Beach saw the rising stars of Andy Benesh and Miles Partain play together for the first time. They came in as the #5 seed and quickly soared to the top of the heap, making the Finals for the first time.
The women’s side was stacked with six of the top 13 teams in the world. We saw some of the gnarliest volleyball in Huntington, from three-set stunners on Stadium Court to the truly insane comeback in the Women’s Final by Sara Hughes and Kelly Cheng. Sara/Kelly took their second 2023 title in a row in Huntington, having everyone thinking they could bulldoze the rest of the season if their competitors weren’t careful. (Photo Credit: A-Game Photography/Mpu Dinani)
They faced top dogs Tri Bourne and Chaim Schalk – two of the only current international players who’ve been to the Olympics and newly-minted NoLA victors. But Miles and Andy were quickly becoming elite in their own right, with a quicker, sneakier style of play and more height. Tri and Chaim bested them earlier in the tournament; the Finals was a grudge match. For over an hour, the three-setter had fans biting their nails to stubs. It felt like more than just an AVP title; it was a declaration: Miles and Andy are the ones to beat. (Photo Credit: Bair-Dog Photography / Steve Gentry)
The 2023 Pro Series Huntington Beach Open returns to the main stage as one of the first stops of the 2023 season. Since 2000, Huntington Beach has been a mainstay on the AVP schedule and a hotbed for beach volleyball talent. Who will take home the hardware this year down in OC?
Date: May 19-21, 2023
Location: Huntington Beach Pier